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AP|Riaz Kahn|September 13 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Taliban gunmen attacked a school van in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing four children and the driver in an assault they said was carried out to punish local tribesman for resisting the insurgent movement.

At least 14 other children and two female teachers were wounded in the attack in Matani on the outskirts of the main northwestern city of Peshawar, said police officer Ejaz Khan.

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AP|Abdul Sattar|September 7, 2011

A pair of suicide bombers attacked a top army officer in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, missing him but killing his wife. At least 22 others died, including several guards, a senior officer and two children, officials said.

Police said they were investigating whether the strike was in revenge for the recent arrests in Quetta of three top al-Qaida suspects, an operation that was assisted by the CIA.

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Ravi Velloor | The Straight Times | Moby Media Group | July 3, 2011

IN Uruzgan, central Afghanistan, two days ago, men approached an eight-year-old girl and told her to take a bag to a nearby police contingent. As the child approached a police vehicle, militants standing at a safe distance detonated the bomb in the bag with a remote-controlled device.

The policemen survived, but the girl was blown to bits. Add one more to the Taliban’s latest strategy of using children and women for suicide attacks.

In the swathe of largely ungoverned territory across the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands and beyond, the Taliban are resorting to desperate tactics to catch the patrolling army and policemen off-guard, such as fitting children as young as six with explosive vests and sending them up to uniformed men standing at checkpoints or sitting in police vehicles. (more…)

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Christian Science Monitor | Owais Tohid | June 22, 2011

A 9-year-old girl says she was kidnapped in Pakistan by Taliban with the intent of forcing her to be a suicide bomber. She escaped, but her experience raises concerns about the use of children by militants.

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Foreign Policy | Erica Gaston | June 2, 2011

This week Afghan President Hamid Karzai kicked off the Afghan fighting season with strong words, not for the Taliban, but for his international allies. On Tuesday Karzai demanded that international forces halt airstrikes on Afghan homes, or leave. “From this moment, airstrikes on the houses of people are not allowed,” Karzai announced at a press conference. Karzai accused international forces of acting like occupiers, rather than allies, and implied that if their demands on civilian casualties were not heeded Afghans would respond with force. “[H]istory is a witness how Afghanistan deals with occupiers,” Karzai said. (more…)

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CNN | May 21, 2011

A suicide bombing ripped through a military hospital in Kabul on Saturday as a warning surfaced from the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan of increased “high-profile attacks” over the summer. (more…)

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TIME, By John Wendle
7 May, 2011

Taliban fighters carried out a series of coordinated attacks across the embattled southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday – a campaign that Afghan President Hamid Karzai characterized as “revenge” for the death of Osama bin Laden. Insurgents first assaulted the provincial governor’s palace with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire and then launched a series of strikes across the city on the headquarters of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Transportation Police, on Police Sub-station One as well as various other Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) buildings in both Kandahar city and in the Arghandab River Valley, ISAF reported. Between a dozen and two-dozen people were wounded in the fighting, Afghan media reported. All of the suicide bombers were killed. (more…)

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